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Last updated: 21 January 2022
Date:mercredi 27 mai 1953
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic B170 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bristol 170 Freighter 31M
Compagnie:Royal New Zealand Air Force - RNZAF
Immatriculation: NZ5908
Numéro de série: 13061
Année de Fabrication: 1952
Moteurs: 2 Bristol Hercules 734
Equipage:victimes: 4 / à bord: 4
Passagers:victimes: 1 / à bord: 1
Total:victimes: 5 / à bord: 5
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:11 km (6.9 milles) SSE of Blenheim-Woodbourne Airport (BHE) (   Nouvelle-Zélande)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Aéroport de départ:Blenheim-Woodbourne Airport (BHE/NZWB), Nouvelle-Zélande
Aéroport de destination:Whenuapai Air Base (NZWP), Nouvelle-Zélande
Bristol 170 NZ5908 operated served with RNZAF 41 Sqn. On May 27, 1953 it operated on the regular transport supply run from Whenuapai Air Base to Ohakea-Royal AFB (OHA), Blenheim-Woodbourne (BHE) and Wigram Air Base.
Group Captain R. Webb who was the commanding officer at Whenuapai also boarded the flight. He was not a qualified pilot on the Bristol 170 transport plane. On the return leg from Blenheim to Whenuapai he was at the controls in the left hand seat. The captain of the flight occupied the right hand seat and the navigator thus also had to move to a different position on the flight deck. The flight took off at 08:53 on an instrument departure to the east and soon entered clouds. Instead of continuing on runway heading until over Cook Strait, the airplane soon turned right towards high ground. The navigation instrument were not tuned into the correct beacon (Blenheim NDB). Six minutes after takeoff the airplane collided with Taylors Pass.

» Ralph Simpson
» King, John (1995). Aviation Accidents and Disasters. New Zealand Tragedies. Wellington: Grantham House. pp. 77-78. ISBN 1 86934 042 6
» Ministry of Defence Accident File 25/2/2634


photo of Bristol-170-Freighter-31M-NZ5908
accident date: 27-05-1953
type: Bristol 170 Freighter 31M
registration: NZ5908

Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Blenheim-Woodbourne Airport et Whenuapai Air Base est de 529 km (330 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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